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These bold, bright, beautiful neon crochet mandalas are from Emily who writes, “Thank you for your beautiful patterns and inspiring me to crochet, Wink.”

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I wanted to share a few quotes today that are inspiring but not hokey, realistic but uplifting, things that might be good touchstone reminders during bouts of depression …

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

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“A pearl is a beautiful thing that is produced by an injured life. It is the tear [that results] from the injury of the oyster. The treasure of our being in this world is also produced by an injured life. If we had not been wounded, if we had not been injured, then we will not produce the pearl.” – Stephan Hoeller from 10 Inspiring Quotes for a Depressed Heart.

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“When the Japanese mend broken objects they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold, because they believe that when something’s suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful.” – Barbara Bloom

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“Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” — Leonard Cohen via 15 Quotes That Lifted Me Up When I Was Depressed.

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“You shall be free indeed when your days are not without a care nor your nights without want and a grief. But rather when these things girdle your life and yet you rise above them naked and unbound”. ~ Khalil Gibran via 10 Quotes to Uplift You From Depression.

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